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Authored by: ravedog on Sep 06, '02 10:15:58AM

im not on 10.2 yet, but am running 10.1.5 on a titanium/400 and i have always been able to power the unit up, shut the lid, and have it display to the external monitor as a single desktop. i'm not sure why u had those probs.

gee i hope i dont LOSE the ability when i switch up :P



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Authored by: spursley on Sep 06, '02 03:48:11PM

The heading of this post should have been:

Using a PowerBook with the Lid open with the TFT display off.
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Sorry I didn't make this more clear. I am not talking about using the PowerBook with the lid closed. That would do some serious damage to the TFT display over time due to the heat produced by the CPU.

I am talking about using an external monitor, with the lid of the PowerBook open (so the comments about heat dissipation are also a non-issue), and have the PowerBook use only the external display.

10.1 could do this, 10.1.5 can't do this, and 10.2 can.

With an external monitor attached and turned on, hit the power button, close the lid of the PowerBook, wait until the Mac hits the log-in screen (or the desktop for those with auto-log-in selected), you can then open the lid of the PowerBook and use the keyboard and trackpad without the PowerBook using the TFT display.

If you need both the external and TFT display after starting up this way, just choose Detect Displays and the TFT display will turn on.

Concerning the comment that the display of a Titanium PowerBook will out last the other components of the computer, this has not been my experience with TFT based displays. The TFT based displays I have used (5 so far) have had on average a much shorter usable life (brightness/color quality) than a good tube display (your millage may vary).



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Authored by: Mitchell on Sep 06, '02 11:44:24PM

I have been using my TiBook (667) since June with 10.1.5 in clamshell mode, with the lid closed and the internal display off. This is, in fact, supported by apple..but it only works if you're on the wire, because the battery doesn't have enough mojo to run the video out card. It's in the tech note.

I use mine to drive an external LCD projector sometimes. With the projector on a little walnut inbasket turned upside down and placed over the TiBook, the installation is very tidy. With the wireless USB mouse, running presentations is extremely simple and uncluttered. And ventilation is fine, with temps monitored in the normal range.

The neat thing about 10.2 is that switching from external flatscreen at the office (1280 x 1024) to internal display or back again is now accompanieed by a sweet fade-out fade-in effect. It's much nicer that way.



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